Food for Thought

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I have fond memories of my childhood. I had a loving grandma who doted on me. Her affection revolved around feeding me lots of good, tasty, wholesome food. Come to think of it her only interest in life was to cook loads of food and feed everybody around her. Her kitchen was open 24/7. Cooking was her love, passion, hobby, time pass as well as full time occupation.

Along with loads of pure ghee a lot of love went into every preparation that she made. There was a regular supply of delicious homemade chutneys, pickles and pappads always available In her kitchen. Then there were certain foods to be eaten at certain times of the year. Winters were meant for mouth watering gaajar ka halwa, dry fruit laddoos and hot masala milk, while summers meant home made coolers like panna and lime juice.

Now let’s fast forward to two generations ahead. Girls today hate to cook. Cooking to them is a tedious, boring and cumbersome task. There are exceptions of course, but cooking to most girls today is a waste of time and an unnecessary chore which has to be over and done with as quickly as possible.

It is true that today most girls are career girls having full time jobs which demand all their time and energy, but still one has to eat to survive, right? It is not a good option to eat ready-to-eat processed foods or restaurant food all the time.

As most of us know processed foods contain high levels of sugar and fructose corn syrup. These give you empty calories without giving you proper nutrition, thus leading to insulin resistance, high triglycerides, heart disease, diabetes and obesity.

Secondly processed foods are addictive. They are designed to make you overeat. They pique your taste buds just enough without overwhelming them so that you feel the urge to eat more. That is why once you start eating potato chips you cannot stop till the packet is over.

Thirdly, processed foods are  chemical-ridden. They contain preservatives, artificial colours, artificial flavours and chemicals that add texture to food. All these are detrimental to our health.

Fourthly, processed foods are low in nutrients as processing the food robs it of all vitamins, minerals and antioxidants…..in short, all of nature’s goodness. Processing also removes the all important fibre from food.

Lastly, processed foods are high in trans-fats which again are the cause of many diseases.

  • Now let us discuss restaurant food. The food that we eat out is also not the ideal food for us. First of all, one cannot be sure of the hygiene of the kitchen and the cooks.
  • Secondly the food is prepared way in advance and so it’s freshness cannot be guaranteed. Then again reheating food repeatedly kills most of the nutrition.
  • Thirdly, it is not economically viable for these people to use the best of ingredients so they compromise on the quality.
  • Fourthly, restaurant food is very rich as a generous helping of  butter and cream goes into all the gravies. This kind of food is not very good for health and is the cause of many diseases.

So the best option is to eat fresh, healthy home-made food. If you put just a little time and effort into cooking, you will be making a good investment towards a healthier you.

So all you girls and guys don your aprons, whip out your ladles and cook up your favourite dishes…….believe me it is not so difficult!

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